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#1 User is offline   Darren Tan 

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:52 AM

My vanda mimi palmer is growing new flower spike recently and I've notices ants on it. Should I be overly concern?
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 12:23 PM

View PostDarren Tan, on 24 September 2015 - 11:52 AM, said:

My vanda mimi palmer is growing new flower spike recently and I've notices ants on it. Should I be overly concern?


the growing spike produces sugar to attract ants. ants keep other nasties away.
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 01:39 PM

Ants farm mealy bug and aphids ,v much like human farm sheep and cow .
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 02:37 PM

View Postdigitalgate, on 24 September 2015 - 01:39 PM, said:

Ants farm mealy bug and aphids ,v much like human farm sheep and cow .


What I can do to eradicate them?
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 05:41 PM

I had a lot of ants on one my phals too, up and down the spikes. I let them be in the beginning, until i noticed them "farming" fat white insects (probably mealy bugs), storing them on the spikes.

Got rid of the ants by using a pyrethrin type spray from ntuc, at their gardening supplies section. It looks like in the link below, there are about 4 types, choose the one that includes ants as one of the insects it works on. It got rid of the mealy bugs too. Only took 2 spray sessions to get rid of them. Spray on the spikes and base until wet, and the ant trail.

http://www.huahng.co...ct%20Killer.jpg
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 07:25 PM

View PostDarren Tan, on 24 September 2015 - 02:37 PM, said:

What I can do to eradicate them?


I never had problem with it. The sugar secretion will stop when spike starts to mature. My lizards hang around the spikes and love their giant lollypop when they are producing sugar. Kinda cute.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 02:38 AM

Cant agree more with you. :)/>

Once they have established themselves, its really hard to even manage them, let alone reduce or eradicate them.

My biggest mistake was letting the ants have a free run (trying to be noble and believing that its a part of nature) end 2013 and early 2014.

I launched a massive attack on the ants akin to a SuperPower bombarding a tiny country and after Repeated, regular attempts I have definitely managed to reduce them.

And with the control / reduction of the ant population, I have noticed a significant reduction of the aforesaid pests in my garden.

Much happier and relieved now.

I have used every possible weapon in my arsenal excluding the highly toxic weapons.

I have used lots of Diatomaceous Earth recently.

No quick fixes here unless you use pyrethrins like cypermethrin, permethrin etc.

View Postdigitalgate, on 24 September 2015 - 01:39 PM, said:

Ants farm mealy bug and aphids ,v much like human farm sheep and cow .

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